Kalu Rinpoche Podcast – Episode 3 – 2 Dec. 2020 (7 min) – Shamata part 3 of 3
Hello everyone, this is Kalu Rinpoche’s podcast, and thank you for being here with me again.
And when you breathe out, simply focus your mind with a gentle attitude. When you breathe in, simply breathe in. No need to think about how long you have to breathe in, no need to think about how long you have to breathe out. Simply breathe out, breathe in.
And if that is very difficult or challenging, then simply have a Buddha statue in front of you, and simply focus into that statue from the top to the bottom. And then from the bottom to the top. Simply focus your mind to that. Nothing before that, nothing beyond that. Simply that.
And that is called Shine practice. The calm meditation method. You can find any object you want. But the most important is not to gossip with the projection of thoughts. Simply being the reflection, and simply being the witness. Seeing all the projection of thoughts as it is, as a reflection of all the different thoughts. But not having any judgement towards it. And that’s it.
If you are breathing in and out, try to do seven times. The best is not to count in the beginning. Try to establish yourself, as some form of foundation. A sense of stability first. The counting can be after. Many religious practitioners, they have obsession towards counting. Counting is never part of the realization. There’s no such masters or great practitioners in the past who achieved over counting. They just simply have this dedication of continuity with their practice. And that is the key to reach the realization state of mind.
The distinction between the ordinary mind and the realized is: ordinary mind, we are always under the influence of the illusion, of projection of thoughts, and we grasp idea, we grasp after the idea of the projection of thoughts. We justify many of our actions by following that, unknowingly due to the state of the ignorance. So the distinction between the realized being and a non-realized being is a realized being is simply present, without any influence of the projection of thoughts. Simply being a present to the nature of the mind.
And an ordinary being, we are unable to hold on, into our own ground, and we simply grasp towards our emotions, and the very reason that we are following and grasping towards our emotions is due to our ego and pride and ignorance. But in order to overcome all of that, never make a judgement to all the emotions as negative. See the negativity of the emotion gradually with your own examination. Never make a judgement towards the negative emotions as negative emotions, or bad emotions. Do not name them, because that’s not the solution. Not hate your negative emotions, it doesn’t give or help anything.
So therefore instead of hating and pointing fingers towards our own negative emotions, it is very important that you examine them gradually. Step by step.
I think that’s good enough for this time. Maybe some of you already fallen asleep. Maybe some of you are actually enjoying the meditation. But the problem is, if you are enjoying with the meditation, then again, it seems that your mind is distracted. In order to be truly meditative state, to be in the state of meditation, you should not have idea of enjoying it, or not enjoying it. You should have this non-idea, but simply present and having sense of witness attitude, and a gentle attitude at all times.
To have this calm and gentle attitude, you need to see all the reality of the suffering as it is, without any exaggeration, without any pointing fingers. Just simply seeing the suffering, and the reality of the suffering, as it is.
And that’s it for this time, and I see you soon, next Wednesday. My best wishes to all of you.
Thank you for listening, bye for now.